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EpinetsThe Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks$
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Mihnea Moldoveanu and Joel A.C. Baum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804777919

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804777919.001.0001

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“What Do You Think I Think You Think about It?”

“What Do You Think I Think You Think about It?”

Epinets as a Tool for the Study of Network Structure

(p.51) Chapter 3 “What Do You Think I Think You Think about It?”

Mihnea C. Moldoveanu

Joel A.C. Baum

Stanford University Press

This chapter illustrates how epinets ground the analysis of social network phenomena. Logical and epistemic pre-conditions for co-mobilization and coordination – important capabilities of social networks – are rendered precise and examined empirically. The epistemic properties of pivotal agents (‘coordinators’ and ‘mobilizers’) and propositions (‘coordinata’) at the epistemic core of coordination and co-mobilization processes are described. The epistemic properties of ‘brokerage’ and epistemic operations embedded in brokers are also brought into relief by the use of epinets. The epistemic approach is further extended to the analysis of status to make more precise distinctions among levels of knownness and fame of connected agents.

Keywords:   Social networks, mobilization, coordination, network brokerage, status, epistemic networks, epinets

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